Tur­bine by­law passess read­ing


ARICHAT — A pro­posed by­law gov­ern­ing wind tur­bine de­vel­op­ment has passed first read­ing by Rich­mond County coun­cil.

“It’s a very long, com­pli­cated by­law that de­scribes set­backs for wind tur­bines and the con­di­tions un­der which they can be placed in Rich­mond County,” noted War­den John Boudreau.

The county is set­ting dates for pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on the is­sue. He said they will also en­gage de­vel­op­ers, in­clud­ing Nova Sco­tia Power.

The 27-page doc­u­ment sets out the con­di­tions un­der which do­mes­tic and util­ity-scale wind tur­bines will be per­mit­ted.

Un­der the pro­posed by­law, util­ity-scale tur­bines will not be per­mit­ted in­side the gen­eral de­vel­op­ment zone. Among the re­quire­ments al­low­ing for do­mes­tic tur­bines in that zone are that their max­i­mum height be 60 me­tres, and the min­i­mum set­back from all ad­ja­cent bound­aries will be the greater of the height of the tur­bine or such a dis­tance that the sound pres­sure level not ex­ceed 40 deci­bels at the lot line.

Only one do­mes­tic tur­bine will be per­mit­ted per prop­erty.

In the wind de­vel­op­ment zone, sub­ject to de­vel­op­ment per­mits, do­mes­tic and util­ity-scale tur­bines will be per­mit­ted. For util­ity-scale tur­bines, the min­i­mum set­back from res­i­dences, ex­cept res­i­dences lo­cated on the same lot as the tur­bine, will be 600 me­tres. For those that gen­er­ate more than two megawatts or tur­bines re­quir­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment, the set­back will be 1,000 me­tres, ex­cept for res­i­dences on the same lot. Min­i­mum set­back is the height of the tur­bine.

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